Richard Diebenkorn, Open and Engaged 2021, FUTURES Remixed, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, October 6, 2021


Richard Diebenkorn Foundation: The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation announces a new and a forthcoming catalogue raisonné of prints. “The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, which expands knowledge and fosters appreciation of the singular and distinguished American painter, draftsman, and printmaker, today announced a new and greatly expanded and a forthcoming catalogue raisonné of prints. A nearly encyclopedic now features approximately 3,400 unique works and a sampling of the newly digitized artist’s prints, advanced search functionality, new and original scholarly content, videos, and more.”


British Library: Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University. “In Higher Education contexts, discussions around openness are often focused on the pathways to make publications, data or cultural objects openly available online. It is often not known what impact open resources can have for various communities beyond the research community. The speakers at Open and Engaged 2021 will explore the different impacts that open resources can have on people. They will seek to question how openness enhances the ability to engage with communities, how projects can be sustainable and make positive changes in the long-term, as well as some of the downsides to current approaches to open engagement.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian’s New “FUTURES” Will Blast Through the Space-Time Continuum To Open Saturday, Nov. 20. “The historic Arts and Industries Building (AIB), America’s first National Museum, will open its groundbreaking new museum experience ‘FUTURES’ Saturday, Nov. 20…. ‘FUTURES’ officially kicks off with ‘FUTURES Remixed,’ a free opening festival spanning the month of November and culminating in a free public concert on opening day, Saturday, Nov. 20. Through multiple portals onsite, around the Washington, D.C., and streamed globally, ‘FUTURES Remixed’ will invite people of all ages to experience a radically imagined future when those of diverse perspectives come together to learn, problem solve and create.”


New York Times: Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company. “A former Facebook product manager who turned into a whistle-blower gave lawmakers an unvarnished look into the inner workings of the world’s largest social network on Tuesday and detailed how the company was deliberate in its efforts to keep people — including children — hooked to its service.”

Wired: Clearview AI Has New Tools to Identify You in Photos. “Clearview has collected billions of photos from across websites that include Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and uses AI to identify a particular person in images. Police and government agents have used the company’s face database to help identify suspects in photos by tying them to online profiles. The company’s cofounder and CEO, Hoan Ton-That, tells WIRED that Clearview has now collected more than 10 billion images from across the web—more than three times as many as has been previously reported.”

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Launches Season 2 of La Biblioteca Podcast . “The English-language series derives from A Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights Cases and Events in the United States, created by Hermán Luis Chávez and María Guadalupe (Lupita) Partida, two Huntington Fellows in the Library’s Hispanic Reading Room. The guide offers an overview of 20th and 21st century American court cases, legislation and events that have affected the Hispanic community across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico.”


Book Riot: A Brief History Of U.S. Presidential Libraries. “Not all presidents have libraries, and they’re not all in the same places — or even in Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital. They are based in locations that are significant to presidents, like their home states. Open to the public, they include papers, photos, and footage of speeches — but more on that later. First, let’s get to how the presidential libraries were started in the first place.”

University at Buffalo: Libraries to digitize historic issues of Buffalo News. “To preserve information and images contained within historic newspapers, the UB Libraries will reformat and digitize 150 microfilm reels — close to 150,000 images — containing issues of The Buffalo Evening News published from 1905-15.”

The New Yorker: The Challenge of Making an Archive of the Climate Crisis. “More and more museums are collecting in the midst of crises. Beginning in the nineteen-eighties, museums increasingly began to undertake contemporaneous collecting—gathering objects, documents, photographs, and testimony immediately in the wake of a major event, or as it unfolds. In the past two decades, this mode of collecting—nowadays often called ‘rapid-response collecting’—has become the norm everywhere from local history societies to the Smithsonian.”


Columbia Journalism Review: Into Oblivion: How news outlets are handling the right to be forgotten. “Technically speaking, the ‘right to be forgotten’ does not exist. In EU law, it is encoded as a Right to Erasure, affording individuals the prerogative to request that publishers delete or de-index their data from the internet, provided that the information is no longer relevant or in the public interest.”

The Hill: State AG seeks meeting with TikTok CEO over ‘Slap a Teacher’ challenge. “Connecticut Attorney General William Tong (D) on Monday urged TikTok leadership to meet with teachers and parents in the state — and himself — to address the ‘Slap a Teacher’ challenge on the app.”

The Verge: Google files document production demand against one of its biggest public critics. “Late Monday night, Google filed for a court order to produce documents from longtime Google critic Luther Lowe, as part of its ongoing federal antitrust case, US vs. Google. The motion arises from an apparent breakdown in negotiations between Google and Lowe’s employer, Yelp. Yelp has agreed to document production from a number of its employees, but has resisted on Lowe in particular, leaving Google to ask the court for a subpoena that would compel email archives and other documents.”


Penn State News: What was really the secret behind Van Gogh’s success?. “By using artificial intelligence to mine big data related to artists, film directors and scientists, the researchers discovered this pattern is not uncommon but, instead, a magical formula. Hot streaks, they found, directly result from years of exploration (studying diverse styles or topics) immediately followed by years of exploitation (focusing on a narrow area to develop deep expertise).” Good morning, Internet…

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